Photo: The gossamer wings of a mew gull

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This fabulous mew gull (Larus canus) photographed by Rick Derevan in Kodiak, Alaska is a wonderful study in bird wings. The wings of a gull belong to the "active soaring" category, characterized by their long and narrow form which allows their owners to soar on wing currents for long periods of time. In this photo the light works wonderfully well to highlight not only the beauty of the wings, but their incredible structure as well.

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